School Board Meeting Highlights
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All motions were approved.
Mr. Richard Shemonsky and Mr. Christopher Barrett, art teachers at Parkland HS, introduced Alyssa Tauber who has won 3 National Silver Scholastic Art Awards and a National American Visions Award. Her work was showcased in the board room and the audience enjoyed Alyssa's award-winning animation which thanks her 4th grade art teacher for fostering a love of art and encouragement here:
The audience was thrilled to hear that Alyssa has accepted a full scholarship to the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Ms. Kellie O’Donnell, Chair of the World Language Department, was joined by other world language teachers in recognition of their PA Golden Globe Award for an Exemplary World Language Program at Parkland.
Swim Coach Robert Robitaille recognized Sienna Salvaggio for winning TWO Gold medals at States.
Business teacher and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) advisor Lori Kuzmin O’Neill introduced FBLA winner Arvind Parthasarathy who won 1st Place in Business Math, qualifying him for Nationals where he will compete in Chicago this June.
The Parkland Summer Library Program was approved as follows for the upcoming summer:
Cetronia - Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fogelsville - Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Ironton - Tuesday, 1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Jaindl - Wednesday, 1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Kernsville - Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Kratzer at Cetronia - Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Parkway Manor - Wednesday, 1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Schnecksville - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Orefield and Springhouse at Orefield - Thursday, 1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
The School Board approved a resolution calling for reform of funding for cyber charter schools as follows: http://www.boarddocs.com/pa/parkland/Board.nsf/files/9VNQXK5044A9/$file/2015-Cyber-charter-funding-resolution.pdf
The School Board approved a resolution urging legislative action on school employee pension reform as follows: http://www.boarddocs.com/pa/parkland/Board.nsf/files/9VNTCE664927/$file/2015-Pension-resolution.pdf
The Board commented that the young people we recognized this evening were wonderful examples of the opportunities we create at Parkland, whether in athletics, the arts or academics, and everyone enjoyed hearing about the students. The parents were so grateful for the opportunity given to their children. Mr. Reyburn reiterated that parent involvement and support is just as important as the opportunities offered at school. Ms. Adams commented that the entire community is so proud of Alyssa for her recognition as an artist. She also mentioned that the PSBA legislative action workshop in Harrisburg was wonderful.
Attorney Steve Miller complemented everyone for their presentations and gave Roberta a nod for writing a monthly column in PSBA magazine this whole school year.
Ms. Adams spoke of the Peers Assisted Learning Support Club which made a presentation at this month's Community Advisory Council meeting, noting that it is a wonderful club at PHS that provide mentors to students with special needs. The founder of that club will be inducted into the Parkland Alumni Wall of Honor at this year's Foundation Gala on May 4th. His name is Jason Toff and he graduated in 2004. Karen Aulisio, principal of Kratzer Elementary, was thanked for her words about what the mission statement means to her at the beginning of the meeting. Mr. Hein said he enjoyed the PHS spring musical and congratulated the cast and crew for a great show.
Mrs. Marcus announced that a Basic Ed Funding Forum will occur at Penn State Lehigh Valley tomorrow night. Rich Sniscak will be on the panel along with other school leaders.
Mrs. Marcus noted that this was a very proud night as we recognized our comprehensive educational program and saw connections to how our program creates opportunities for the whole child to learn, grow and find an intrinsic spark.